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5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older, according to Apex Physical Therapy

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Active & Aging | 0 comments

5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older, according to Apex Physical Therapy

While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for less activity and slowing down is definitely antiquated, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions – or rater, inactions – when it comes to putting in the right amount of sweat equity to stay healthy and active. “From a purely physiological perspective, sure, you’re going to start to slow down a little...

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Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical, Mental Health

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical, Mental Health

At a time when studies indicate people are getting increasingly less sleep, one thing remains clear, says physical therapist Brock Monger of Madras: we need to take sleep much more seriously as it is critical to both health and healing. “Those who don’t get enough sleep are prone to a number of health-related issues that can interfere with quality of life and even life expectancy,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “This can also interfere with healing, overall mood, cognition, and energy levels. There is a link between physical activity and sleep.  Physical activity...

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Keeping Our First Responders Healthy and On the Job

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Keeping Our First Responders Healthy and On the Job

They’re the first to help those in emergency situations, but first responders are among the most selfless when they experience pain or injury of their own, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 22,000 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responders suffer on-the-job injuries each year – about 8 percent of the workforce. “Ironically, one of the main reasons first responders are injured on the job is because they are unlikely to report injuries in the first place, or won’t seek treatment unless the pain...

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Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Back Pain, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Early access to effective and evidenced-based health care for a medical condition can greatly influence the direction and duration of treatment, as well as overall cost of care, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And with October being National Physical Therapy Month, Monger points to research that shows people suffering from some musculoskeletal conditions, like low-back pain, are often better off seeing a physical therapist early as opposed to relying only on rest and medication management. For instance, according to a study published earlier this year by Health Service Research,...

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Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Exercise, Healthy Living, Pain Relief, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising.  This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, said Madras physical therapist Brock Monger.  “When our bodies are submerged in water, such as in a pool, we become lighter,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “This, coupled with the natural resistance water places on movement, makes water exercise ideal for many...

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